Julia Turshen, author, Small Victories, Feed the Resistance, and Margaritaville: The Cookbook (published this month by St. Martin’s)
I would love to introduce Georgia Gilmore, who created the Club From Nowhere during the civil-rights movement, to Julia Child so that they could compare their experiences about bringing people together through food—and share recipes!
Alfredo Corchado, author, Homelands and Midnight in Mexico
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Cesar Chavez. In 1942, President Roosevelt set the stage for modern-day migration patterns. Years later, the Bracero Program ended, but demand for Mexican labor continued. Many came without documents, making them vulnerable to exploitation. Chavez, a co-founder of United Farm Workers, fumed; he saw the arrivals as driving down wages.
Retta, comedian, actor, and author, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know (to be published this month by St. Martin’s)
I would love for Alexander Hamilton to attend a performance of Hamilton with Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’d want Hamilton to spill what Miranda got wrong and right in his story, but I also want to hear Founding Father gossip.
Holmes Brannon, Plano, Texas
Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. Give them a room with a chalkboard for about a week, and together they very well might work out a grand unified theory of the universe.